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Eugene Butler Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 582 students

 

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Posted November 11, 2011

I am ... well was a student at Paxon middle. And I can say that whenever I first got there I thought it was complete chaos. And I may have been right but there is nothing wrong with the way the teachers taught or the students behaiver. Paxon was a family and we wouldn't want to hurt one another. If you got jumped it's because you didn't have respect for the family. And, I'm only saying what's true. Yes there were fights and foodfights but I guess you could call that the way we showed our love. I know it sounds crazy but Paxon middle school will always be in our hearts.


Posted April 21, 2010

they are a very good school my son loves it . he went from a GPA of 1.0 to all advance classes to a 3.2.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

wow. these comments really suprised me seeing how they are coming from this year. paxon is straitening up and if you go there, then you'd know it. this is the second year we wear uniform, it has been but in the magnet program, teachers now teach advanced studies for classes that used to be 'regular', and rules are alot more strict and enforced. Sure, SOME kids will act foolish sometimes but one of the top middle schools in the county can have a couple of kids that fool around a bit of the time. it doesnt mean they're not SMART. they're teenagers for goodness sake. they'll do stupid things!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2009

First of all, I'm a student at Pxon Middle, and most of the parents' reviews are wrong. They have never experienced what it's like to go there. It is very fun, and teachers do all they can do to help us. I agree with one of the reviews, about the the reputation is based on the students. That is partially true, but it doesn't mean the school is terrible, itself. I have fun at that school, and I love most of the teachers, and I am in advanced classes, and I get the education I deserve. And so does everyone else. Parents have no right to judge this school unless, they too, have experienced it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2009

This school does not even rate. Paxon is such a joke, not a school. I went there for half of 7th grade, the so called teachers did not know how to teach, and they had extremely unprofessional behavior. In English, none of the stuff made sense at all, it was dumbed down to fit those kid's standards and put me behind, really, who reads a 1st grade level book in 7th grade? The office staff was also extremely rude, not willing to help or anything, they're just looking for something to do besides work at fast food restaurants. The majority of the students in there seriously need to be institutionalized. They don't deserve a chance to straighten up, because they wouldn't even take it.


Posted September 10, 2008

The only reason this school has a bad reputation is because of the students. The teachers and administrators are always doing their best to keep them under control but they unfortunately refuse. I graduated from middle school here last school year. Since this school is now officially IB, they are becoming much better. Even though i was a magnet student, I had to ride the bus for many hours just to come to the school. It was all worth it. Just consider what you are saying and please do not judge this school badly unless you have experienced it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

I can honestly say 'Paxon Middle is Gone with the Wind. Not only are there substitutes, but most don't know the subject matter. Unruly students,no, don't blame them; they follow by example, No positive or authortive example is set at that place (school is not a name applied to that place). Where are our property taxes going? I think we have a right as tax payers to demand a qualified head to the that place. My child is in sixth grade and we are utilizing another address for the next school year. If you can't move I'll suggest the same or let's get together and meet the school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2008

If this is your target middle school and you have any possible way of moving, I would strongly advocate that you move. I understand that this seems like a very sorry thing to say, but do you really want your child's education to suffer by living your convictions? I regret that I did. And, when my child is struggling through college (if she/he gets there), he/she will pay for my convictions. Involved parents at this school and the feeder elementary school are frustrated parents. No returned calls. Teachers sick during scheduled conferences with no follow-up conversations. No access to assignments. Little access to teachers. Quit your job to babysit your child s education and hope for the best, or move. What would you do? Still not convinced, read the other reviews. Some are written in English, the rest in Paxon. F is too vague. 1 out of 10 is more accurate
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

This school does not even rate.Absolutly a joke! Would like to tell the priciple, but he has not returned any phones about the violence at his school. DANGER is what they should rename the school. Is there any body out there that can get control. I just wached a girl get the crap beat out her today on the scool property and not one teacher or officer was around to help. I pick my daughter up now because she was assaulted on the bus. I would not recommend anyone send there child to Paxon Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

My wife and I have had nothing but problems. Every aspect of this school is of the lowest quality. Personal experiences there have gone from the staff at the front desk not knowing any school information, not even knowing the principles name, to not having a teacher for class just substitute after substitute teaching for over 6 months, which is unheard of and confusing for the kids because none of the substitutes had a lesson plan and jumped back and forth with the lessons, to not even knowing were our child is, yes folks my wife was waiting for our daughter at the bus stop and when it didn t show up she called the school who told her that they are not responsible for the busses to call the bus company, who informed her that the bus number did not exist. The bus showed up almost two hrs late.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

I am a student at Paxon middle and there are no fun activities and not to many good teachers there.And the kids are terrible the teachers let them get away with stuff and thats wrong .And thats why I think axon Middle is a bad school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

My daughter was a student at Paxon Middle last yr in the Middle Years IB program. She takes advanced courses. Her teachers are wonderful. She is challenged in all of her advanced classes. She got a perfect FCAT reading score and I credit her teachers for preparing her for success. If a parent gets involved with the school and their child's education at Paxon, that child will also succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

Paxon Middle school is the most awful school my daughter has ever attended, it is no surprise to me that they received and F. While my daughter attended Paxon there was nothing but problems---from lockers, lunch, school projects to them having the wrong address in the system and it taking all year to fix the problem. We even had problems with the busses coming to pick the children up from our street. The busses just never showed up. I am still having problems with them----I have to go up there again and its summer. If you have choices don't send your child here, you will have nothing but problems
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

Paxon Middle needs to add more extacurricular activities. The students just don't have enough choices beyond band or chorus.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 16, 2004

I'm not surprised that this school recieved and 'F'. Actually, I'm surprised that the doors are still open. It was bad when my mother went there. It was bad when my cousins went there. It was bad when I went there and I hated every day that my own child had to go there. I hope I never have to step foot in that school again.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
24%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
30%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
27%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
22%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
68%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

211 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
30%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
44%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 82%
White 13%
Two or more races 3%
Hispanic 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%65%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. MAURICE NESMITH
Fax number
  • (904) 630-6913

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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